#11 Michigan State is an early 14 point favorite over Minnesota in its season finale - Kickoff is noon; on BTN. Nebraska is favored by 3 at home over Iowa; Ohio State is favored by 12 at Michigan; Northwestern is favored by 3-1/2 at Illinois; and, Indiana is favored by 20-1/2 at home over Purdue.
And, yes, our Spartans moved up to #11 in the AP Poll.
|AP Top 25|
|2||Florida State (4)||11-0||1444|
- Dropped from rankings: Ole Miss 24
- Others receiving votes: Georgia 15, Cincinnati 10, Texas 10, Ole Miss 7, Arizona 6, Nebraska 6, Minnesota 5, East Carolina 1, North Dakota State 1, Vanderbilt 1
Wow, what a butt-kicking of Northwestern yesterday. The ES is giving hisself credit: a 30-6 final; the ES guessed 31-3... nicely done ES! On offense, the Spartans had career days out of Jeremy Langford on the ground (25-150, 6 yards a pop) and QB Connor Cook through the air (16-24, 293 yards, 0 INTs and 2 TDs). Just a methodical dissection of the Wildcat defense all day long.
Defensively, MSU manhandled the Wildcats, and gave them a consistently very long field to play on. While NW managed 19 yards and 319 total yards, the reality is their starting field position was poor for much of the game, thank you to Mike Sadler. Northwestern gained only 85 total yards in the second half. Wow. Darqueze Dennard and Kurtis Drummond played lights-out, total lock down corners all day long for the Spartan secondary. It was incredible to watch. You could see NW wear down as the game wore on. Here are the NW drives for the second half... Nada.
NU 3rd N25 Punt 7-29 3:00 NU 3rd N25 Interception 6-25 1:21 NU 3rd N48 Downs 6-20 2:50 NU 4th N35 Interception 1-0 0:05 NU 4th N16 Punt 3-7 0:56 NU 4th N40 Downs 8-13 2:10 NU 4th N24 Interception 3-1 1:24
Here are the final stats for the game. Another impressive effort out of the Big Green.
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